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Aboriginal Art Symbols - Person

The Aboriginal symbol for a person is a curved 'U' shape that represents their seated imprint left in the sand.

Aboriginal Art Symbols - Person

The Aboriginal art symbol for a person is an inverted 'U' shaped curve. It usually suggests a seated figure as the 'U' shape represents their imprint in the sand.

  • This symbol can be used for both male and female figures depending on the context.

  • Aboriginal paintings, whose subjects relate to the natural features of the landscape, are usually views from above like a map and their symbols are the characters that communicate their stories.

Some of the topics in our Aboriginal Art pages are illustrated with a painting that was inspired by the theme of that page. The symbols and images used to create them are taken from the sheets above which are freely available as pdf. files for you to download to help with drawing your own artworks.